Little Life Box January 2016

Little Life Box is a monthly shipment of items that help you to try out items so you can try out healthier or alternative versions of things you use or eat everyday.  You will get up to a dozen items each month and they promise to never ship you the same item twice, though you may get a different flavour of the same item.  They are a Canadian company as well so that’s nice too.  Subscriptions will run you  $19.95 a month or less with longer plans.  They offer a purely Vegan option as well.  I went with their original box since I don’t have a preference towards vegan items. I have found that these boxes are stuffed full!

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I was a bit surprised at how light the box was this month.  I picked it up and thought that maybe it had been opened and stuff fell out.  I could see that it was still packed to the top but I guess everything was light in there.  I do miss the post card they used to send.  Now the card just tells you to share your box online.

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This was my first look at what was under the paper.

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Deep River Snacks Original Salted Kettle Cooked Potato Chips-28g $0.49

I love chips and rarely get to snack on them anymore.  These ones are gluten free and kosher.  They use non-GMO ingredients and have no preservatives, trans fat, MSG, or cholesterol.  They also support various charities based on which flavour you buy.

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Elan Banana Chips-135g $2.99

This is the third different item from this brand I’ve received and all have been very good.  These are organic and GMO and gluten free.  I don’t eat banana chips all that often but now that they are in the house I will grab a handful when I need a snack or something crunchy.

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Feast Bar-40g

This is a chocolate bar with fruit and nuts.  It also magically is high in fibre and low sodium.  It has no trans fats or cholestreol and no processed sugars.  The whole bar is actually under 200 calories as well which is a bit of a surprise.  I love fruit and nut bars and so I am hiding this until I can find some alone time to scarf it down.

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Neolia Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Lotion-10mL $0.15 x 3

I am very happy that they included shampoo and conditioner.  I don’t even care that the samples are packets, being able to try both at once is just so much better then only getting the shampoo.  They all are made from olive oil and are organic.

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BioCell Collagen Capsules-2pk $0.67 x 2

These are joint and skin health pills that help you to maintain healthy skin.  They also help with osteoarthritis pain.  I don’t have that yet but a little added collagen in my joints will not be a bad thing.

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Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. Tea-$0.35 x 2

I received Heart-tee and Blue-tee and they seem interesting.  The blue one has instructions on how to have it including how to make it change colour for you. They are herbal teas made with hibiscus and butterfly pea flower.  I love a good cup of tea and have at least one a day so I’m never sad to see more in a box.

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Three Farmers Roasted Chickpeas-25g $1.04

These are BBQ flavour and while I do eat chickpeas normally I have found that these roasted ones are delicious.  I have not have the BBQ flavour but I expect them to be a great snack to get me through a day when I want chips or something else crunchy.  These are nut and gluten free and higher in protein and fibre.

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Montagne Jeunesse Anti Stress Sauna Masque-15g $1.99

This face mask is self heating to open and cleanse your pores.  It has red clay and plant extracts.  It is also vegetarian approved, though I’m not too sure what that means.  I’ll add it to my pile of masks and use it up when it becomes it’s turn.

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Organic India Tulsi Tea-18 bags $14.03

Yay! More tea!  I don’t think I’ve ever had holy basil tea before but peppermint tea is a favourite.  This tea is organic and like almost all herbal teas, caffeine free. This brand is sustainably farmed by small farmers, which is always nice to see.

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Radius Floss Sachets-20pk $2.99 x 2

The ones I got were the organic silk variety but the pamphlet also shows mint and cranberry ones too.  These are made of spun candelilla plant wax.  I have no clue……  They are free from sweeteners, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, synthetic wax, gluten, yeast, parabens, phthalates, BPA, GMO and additives.  To make them even more hippy the box is recycled cardboard and paper and totally recyclable and biodegradable.

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Viva Bath-2g

This bath powder helps to return your bathwater to a neutral ph so that you don’t absorb the chemicals added to your tap water that make it safe for consumption but harsh on your skin.  It also is supposed to help reduce stress and skin conditions.  I’ll add it to my bath next time but since it says you should not use any other soaps or cleansers while you are using it that sorta defeats the purpose of a bath.

This month’s  box had 16 samples in it.  The site is back up to normal with pricing or links to where to buy items so I was able to work out that the value is $29.01, which a bit low but not too horrible. I like this box and have found a bunch of things I would never have bought that either work really well or taste good.  I tended to dismiss most products like this out of hand as not good or too tree huggerish so I’m pleasantly surprised with the items.  I think this will be my last box from them and while I’m not going to renew this subscription I did enjoy it and was really surprised how many of the items I used and liked.

 

 

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